Chapter 24

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Unfortunately, Sunday came around and I had to get Cowboy ready for his test ride. I was going to ride him first, and the girl, Sammy (I have no idea who she is!), will watch me ride him and then she will ride him.

At 1:00 a big, white Mercedes pulled up with a trailer! Why do they have a trailer with them if they don't even know if they're going to adopt him?! A girl with really neat and clean beige riding pants and a crisp white polo stepped out of the car, and I immediately knew this family was most likely wealthy. She had wavy blonde hair and perfect tan skin. Her mom also walked out and she did not look ready to be on a farm. She was wearing high heels, silvery skinny jeans, and a sparkly tank top.

"Excuse me, are you Melody Jones?" Sammy said disgustedly. "Yes, I am. My Mom should be here any minute I think she's just-" I started. "Cowboy!"she squealed, right as I was still talking. She hugged Cowboy and he looked at me like "Who in the world is this?" "Sorry boy," I mouthed to Cowboy. He snorted and pinned his ears back. "I've been looking at Cowboy's picture on the website ever since it was put up. He's adorable and I'm sure he and I will be a PERFECT match for each other," she said. I didn't say anything as lead him to the arena. I mounted him. I warmed him up and saw that Sammy wasn't even watching! "She's such a snob! She doesn't deserve you Cowboy," I whispered to him. I smirked to myself. I had one last trick that I could pull to try to keep Cowboy away from Sammy, and I really hoped I could pull off some acting skills that I do not have. "You in boy?" I asked Cowboy. He bobbed his head, and I took it as a yes. I shortened the reins ever so slightly, and I squeezed him really hard for just a second, and just like that, he bolted. "AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!" I screamed at the top of my lungs. Sammy's head snapped up and she glared at me. "Don't you know how to ride?!"she yelled at me. I let Cowboy keep galloping around at top speed, and after a few more laps of pretending to have no control of Cowboy, I brought him down to a trot, then a walk.

"That was the worst piece of riding I've ever seen! Let me get on him and I'll show you how to control a horse like him," she said rudely. "Oh, you don't want to ride this horse, he always takes off at random times, you don't want a horse who doesn't listen to you," I said. "I don't mind, I like a challenge," she said through gritted teeth. "Suit yourself," I said, trying to sound annoyed, which was easy cause I was.

Sammy jerked the reins out of my hands, and I said a silent prayer that Cowboy would misbehave. When she started to mount him, he started walking. I had to hold back my laugh. The look on Sammy's face was hilarious! When she finally got on, she asked for a walk and he went straight into a choppy canter. Yes! She was able to get him back into a walk, and unfortunately, she was a very good rider. She was in control, but she wasn't overpowering Cowboy. I watched as she walked, trotted, cantered, and jumped Cowboy. He pulled lots of tricks the whole ride, but Sammy still had a great ride on him.

Mom still hasn't come out yet, I wish she would so she could've seen what Sammy did to me! I don't know where she is, but since she's not here, I get to do all of the talking. When Sammy dismounted, she lead Cowboy out of the arena and towards her mom. "Oh Mommy! I love him! We are so perfect together! He's such a joy to ride, and a bit of a challenge which will keep me in my toes!" Sammy exclaimed. Uuuggghhhh!!!!! I was jerked out of my pouty thoughts when Sammy's mom started asking me questions. "How is he in his stall?"she asked. "Well, he cribs, paces all of the time, and he kicks the stall walls a lot too," I lied. "Oh my,"Sammy's mom muttered. "How is he to handle?"she asked. "He is sometimes okay, but usually he kicks me and bites. He's a biter," I lied, again. Sammy's mom looked at Sammy with a look that said,"You actually want this horse?" "Mom, I know he sounds bad, but I can handle him! Also, it would be fun to train a horse! We would have an unbreakable bond together!" Sammy whined. Sammy's mom looked at her for a minutes, then finally threw up her hands and said,"Fine! You can get the pony." "Yay!!!!!!" Sammy squealed. Noooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!! I screamed in my head. "I'll go get my mom," I whispered shakily. While Sammy was squealing and hugging Cowboy, I walked into the office. I heard Cowboy whinny after me. I immediately started crying, and I heard Sammy say,"He's whinnying with happiness!"

When I got to the office, Mom burst out of it with Cowboy's papers. "How did you know they were going to adopt Cowboy?" I asked between sobs. "I could here squealing and also you crying when you walked in. Is Sammy a good enough rider for Cowboy?" Mom asked. "No," I lied for the third time. "Oh, don't lie! I could see her riding from my window, and I also saw your little stunt. Good try honey," Mom said. Honestly, I think Mom wants to keep Cowboy too.

We walked back outside to a squealing Sammy. Man, she squealed A LOT! We gave them Cowboy's papers, and while they filled them out, I lead Cowboy away from them. "I'm so sorry Cowboy!" I cried to him. "I broke my promise to you. I can't think of anything else that I can do! I'll miss you forever, and you'll always have a special place in my heart. Be a good boy," I finally say to him. I kiss him on the forehead and his nose, and give him one last hug. He hugged me back, which made me start crying even more.

I wiped away the tears with the back of my hand, gave Cowboy a pat on the neck, and lead him over to Sammy. "Thanks,"she snapped, and once again jerked the lead rope out of my hands. She started to lead him into the trailer, but Cowboy wouldn't move. "C'mon!"she groaned. She pulled and pulled and pulled, but Cowboy wouldn't budge. "How about I try,"I said. "Fine,"she snapped. She shoved the lead rope at me. I took it and clucked at Cowboy. "I know boy, I don't want you to leave either, but little Miss Snobby Pants will get mad if you don't go in the trailer," I whispered. He snorted, then rubbed his head on my shoulder, then, reluctantly, loaded into the trailer.

When he was all settled in the trailer, Sammy and her mom said thank you, and they would give updates about him. My heart broke when they drove away with my Cowboy. "He's gone, he's really gone," I said. I ran up to my room and cried. I just kept crying until I didn't have anymore tears to shed. I skipped dinner, and the next morning, I reluctantly went to school, but I was down the whole day. I didn't take my usual after school ride either, I just went straight up to my room and cried.

A/N: hey everybody sorry this chapter isn't very good😁 I hope it will get better as it moves along there are only a few more chapters left for this book😗😗😗😗 I'm really excited for the next book I still haven't come up with a good name yet 😁 oh well I'll think of something. Please keep reading, commenting, and voting!!!! Ok good bye ✌️

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